We call upon the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, as an independent non-profit broadcaster with programming by, for, and about Aboriginal peoples, to support reconciliation, including but not limited to: 

  1. Continuing to provide leadership in programming and organizational culture that reflects the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples. 
  2. Continuing to develop media initiatives that inform and educate the Canadian public, and connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusAug. 17 , 2020COMPLETE
Previous StatusJune 15, 2020COMPLETE

Why “Complete”? (as of July 15, 2018)

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is the world’s first Indigenous national broadcaster dedicated to Indigenous programming. Founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1999, APTN’s Mission is “sharing People’s journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and honouring the wisdom of our Elders”.

APTN Mission:

 “APTN is sharing People’s journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and humouring the wisdom of our Elders”

APTN is aimed at both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences with programming to interest all viewers: children’s animation, youth, cultural and traditional programming, music, drama, news and current affairs, as well as live coverage of special events and interactive programming. Nearly half of APTN programming is exclusive to APTN and cannot be seen on any other network.

APTN airs more than 80% Canadian content and consistently exceeds its Canadian content requirements. The remaining percentage of the broadcast schedule includes Indigenous programming from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America and the U.S.

APTN offers a daily APTN National News program and a weekly investigative news show that provide balanced, accurate and provocative coverage of national issues. APTN National News looks beyond the headlines and offers context and a historical perspective.

Indigenous Journalism Award

OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2017 /CNW/ – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and the Canadian Association of Journalists are pleased to announce a new award to recognize exemplary journalism that educates and informs Canadians about Indigenous experiences.

This award responds to part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action No. 85. In that call to action, APTN is encouraged to continue “to develop media initiatives that inform and educate the Canadian public, and connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.”

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

The Government of Canada is not the lead on a response for Call to Action 85.